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MAFMC and ASMFC Scoping Hearing on Bluefish
June 28, 2018
The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a scoping hearing of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on a range of issues and information to be considered in the Bluefish Allocation Amendment. The amendment will involve a comprehensive review of the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan’s (FMP) sector-based allocations, commercial allocations to the states, transfer processes, and goals and objectives. Specifically, the Council and Commission will consider whether modifications to the FMP’s goals, objectives, and allocation strategies for bluefish are needed.
The hearing will be held at:

7:00 PM, Tuesday July 10, 2018
DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
In addition to comments on allocation and transfer processes, the Council and Commission are interested in comments on the following topics:

• Fishery productivity
• Ecosystem considerations
• Changes in the fishery
• Changes in distribution of bait fish
• Average fish size
• Changes in availability, effort, and marketability
• Impacts of changes observed over time

The Scoping Document contains background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline. Additional information and updates will be posted at

Given the joint nature of this management effort and to streamline the public comment process, comments should be directed to Council contact information below. In addition to providing comments at any of the scheduled scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on July 30, 2018. Written comments may be sent online at or by email to Please include “Bluefish Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email.

For more information on the bluefish allocation amendment, please contact Caitlin Starks at or 703.842.0740 or Matthew Seeley at or 302.526.5262.
For more information specific to the Connecticut hearing, please contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program by email at, by mail at PO Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

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